Ideally, I'd plan the event for a perfectly warm evening in Southern California at an amazing villa. I'd prefer to throw a costume themed party because I think that would foster more engagement (e.g., provide us with more opportunities to break the ice).
I'd like to have everyone sit at a round table so none of my invitees feel excluded from the conversation. Also, all the decorations, food and drinks would match the chosen theme (e.g., "Unicorn" - symbolic of how rare an occasion this would be to have such esteemed individuals simultaneously under the same roof).
I'd prefer my invitee list include representatives of various sectors. I would specifically like to invite some selfless people whose main goal in life is to make the world a better place (e.g., public servants, helping professionals, advocates, etc.) so they can steer conversations in meaningful directions. I'd also like to invite some of my favorite celebrities (e.g., artists, actors, comedians, etc.) because they'll hopefully spark other interesting dialogue and balance the mood around the table.
Each person in the slideshow below would be invited to this dinner party because they've truly helped shape my thinking on communications, writing and life. (Click on the photos to learn more about each lovely lady).
The mixture of #BlackGirlMagic on my invitee wish list would be immensely inspiring. I could only imagine the amazing stories and inspirations shared around this dinner table.
What an honor to even dream about being present among them! Perhaps one day...